QUICK REVIEWS FOR COMICS DUE THURSDAY (not Wednesday) 09-10-09
By John Judy
ADVENTURE COMICS #2 by Geoff Johns, Michael Shoemaker, Francis Manapul and Clayton Henry. Superboy and Wonder Girl have "the talk." So do Lightning Lad and his evil brother Lightning Lord, after a fashion. Hijinks ensue.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #604 by Fred Van Lente and Barry Kitson. In which we learn how wrapping yourself in web fluid can keep you alive and breathing for days in a vat of flesh and bone disintegrating acid while the Chameleon assumes your identity. Also the Black Cat maybe shows up and acts all flirty.
DARK AVENGERS / UNCANNY X-MEN: EXODUS #1 by Matt Fraction and Mike Deodato. Big fight containing nuggets of plot and character. Because you demanded it or something!
DARK REIGN: THE LIST AVENGERS ONE-SHOT by Brian Michael Bendis and Marko Djurdjevic. "Clint Barton fans… you are not going to want to miss this one!"
DOOM PATROL #2 by Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, Matthew Clark and Kevin Maguire. The DP fight a black hole and the Metal Men go into space. That's right: Space!
KICK-ASS #7 by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. Four months after the last issue came out we finally learn what hideous fate awaits Big Daddy, Hit-Girl and that dirty traitor Red Mist. You do remember Big Daddy, Hit-Girl and that dirty traitor Red Mist, don't you? Come on, it's only been four months! Quality takes time and so does KICK-ASS! Stop whispering how the last time an issue of KICK-ASS came out Michael Jackson still had two months to live! Just stop it, I say!
MARVELS PROJECT #2 of 8 by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting. The best thing to happen to Marvel/Timely's golden age since THE TWELVE. See how it all came to be with a little retroactive continuity polish. Highly recommended.
PUNISHER FRANK: CASTLE MAX #74 by Vic Gischler and Goran Parlov. It's a sign of just how low Frank has fallen when his survival depends on the punk he had doped up and stuffed in his trunk. Featuring hulking hillbilly swamp cannibals. Recommended.
SECRET SIX #13 by Gail Simone and Nicola Scott. After last issue's brutal take-down of Wonder Woman you probably didn't think the Six could get darker. Guess again. The closest the DCU has to an old-school EC crime/horror comic. Recommended.
STITCHES HC written and drawn by David Small. The autobiographical story of how a young boy woke from a "harmless operation" to discover a major and unpleasant surprise. No capes, but lots of action. Highly recommended.
SUPERMAN: WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON #7 of 12 by James Robinson, Greg Rucka and Pete Woods. What alien race would be dumb enough to declare war on a planet full of super-powered Kryptonians? Other than humans? The answer may surprise you. Or not. Either way this thing is playing out much stronger than expected. Recommended.
THUNDERBOLTS #135 by Andy Diggle and Miguel Angel Sepulveda. The T-Bolts were backstabbing, corrupt and psychotic before DARK REIGN made it cool. Let's see who ends up with the most steel between their ribs, shall we? Recommended.
ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS #2 by Mark Millar and Carlos Pacheco. So Ultimate Red Skull is Ultimate Captain America's son and Ultimate Tony Stark now has an "older, richer, smarter brother" who we somehow never saw in his own series. Oh, Millar…!
UNWRITTEN #5 by Mike Carey and Peter Gross. A little stand-alone tale of Rudyard Kipling and how he fits in with Tommy Taylor's rapidly collapsing ficto-verse. Highly recommended.
WEDNESDAY COMICS #10 of 12 by Various Creators. Lots going on as the end draws nigh but seeing Superman and Hawkman getting ready to stomp alien monsters and dinosaurs respectively promises great fun still to be had. Recommended.